Yesterday I was able to share a part of me with the world that means the most to me, my nation’s story, our perseverance for sovereignty. As a Native Hawaiian woman traveling abroad and creating relationships with people from across more then 30 nations it’s important to me that I share the truth about my people, who I am, and our nation. WE ARE NOT AMERICAN. We are so much more, my people are so much more, and we are the Hawaiian nation. The Hawaiian Kingdom still exists!
As I sat on stage next to Ānuenue Kanahele, during our panel discussion, it moved me to think that I was invoking sparks of genuine interest within Americans, Norwegians, Latin Americans, Europeans, etc to recognize Hawaiʻi in such a way. It brings me to tears to be able to share this with them and with whoever is willing to let me share with them our story.
Being an occupied nation comes with a lot. A lot of hurt, a lot of confusion, a lot of displacement, a lot of tribulations, but being in these spaces with these people, opening up conversations on real life things happening in their countries and how we all face similar situations is revelational to me.
At the end of the day I shared stories, food, drink, music, and most of all this experience with people from all over the world. Straight Anthony Bourdain feels yesterday at a backyard BBQ in Lillehammer, Norway.
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